2016 Tribal Safety Champions Workshop

The Southern Plains TTAP Center and the Southern Plains Transportation Center co-hosted the 3rd Annual Tribal Safety Champions Workshop on Wednesday, November 16 at Aloft in Oklahoma City for 85 participants.

The goal of the workshop was to prevent crashes and reduce the number of transportation related injuries and fatalities, while highlighting the work of area Safety Champions who are striving toward those efforts every day.




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The lunchtime presentation included a focus on this year's SPTTAP Safety Champion Awards. Winners included:

  • Bonita Paddyaker, Comanche Nation, Tribal Child Passenger Safety Technician of the Year
  • Sarah Hayes, The Chickasaw Nation, Tribal Child Passenger Safety Instructor of the Year
  • The Choctaw Nation Police Department, Tribal Law Enforcement Officers of the Year
  • Patrick Keahbone, Anadarko Agency, BIA Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • Joe Williams, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Local Law Enforcement Officer of the Year
  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Tribal Infrastructure Project of the Year
  • The Chickasaw Nation Tribal Transit, Tribal Transit Program of the Year
  • Franklin Brown, Muscogee Creek Nation, Tribal Transit Driver of the Year
  • Chris McCray, Pawnee Nation, Tribal Safety Champion of the Year
  • Choctaw Nation Injury Prevention Program, Tribal Safety Champions of the Year
Also featured in the one-day event were six 5-minute poster presentations provided by engineering students from Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma University, and the University of Tulsa. Workshop participants had an opportunity to interact with the students, and ultimately voted for their favorite poster. The winner in the poster competition was Sonya Wolff, OU, with her poster on Police Automated Records Information Systems (PARIS).
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Presentations from the 2016 Tribal Safety Champions Workshop are now online!
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Presentations, photos, summary, agenda from the 2016 Tribal Safety Champions Workshop is now online.